Review: Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: War Cry #1
Four months have passed since the events depicted in Dead Beat, Jim Butcher’s New York Times- bestselling 7th novel in the Dresden Files series. A war is raging between the vampire forces of the Red Court and the White Council-a war the wizards are losing. So desperate are the Council that they’ve dragooned the experienced and the outcast to reinforce their thinning ranks of Wardens. One of these draftees is one Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only wizard for hire and a guy who’s long been looked upon with suspicion by the supernatural authorities. Now, he’s one of them, and his first big mission as a Warden is a doozy: take a small team of greenhorns to a frigid town in the middle of nowhere to rescue a handful of mortals who’ve been targeted by the Red Court. The question is, why exactly are these particular mortals so crucial to the outcome of the war? The answer will come only if Harry can keep them, and his team, alive for one very long night. An all new, original Dresden Files story featuring stunning artwork from Carlos Gomez, and covers by the amazing Stjepan Sejic!
Harry Dresden is back in action and on his most dangerous mission yet this month with the release of Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: War Cry #1. The story is written by Jim Butcher and Mark Powers with pencils by Carlos Gomez. Mohan handles colors with Bill Tortolini providing lettering. The Red Court of the vampires and the White Council of wizards are in an all-out war. Things have not been going well for the wizards, with the vampires nearly wiping out all of their most powerful wardens. You know what they say about desperate times and measure. With no other options available, the White Council has turned Harry Dresden into a Warden. Sent on his first mission with some of the greenest of the green young wizards, Dresden is tasked with evacuating a few Venatori. These scholars are holding on to something powerful and useful for the cause, but nobody wants to tell Dresden what it is. As the vampires close in around their house, can Harry and his greenhorns keep the Venatori safe? What is everyone after and why would the vampires be willing to sacrifice waves of soldiers for it?
Butcher and Powers write an explosive first issue. The first section of the story gets you up to speed on the war with the latter half devoted to Dresden and company trying to hold off a horde of vampires. We get a good idea of the story we’re in store for, but it’s mainly a big, flashy introduction to really get your blood flowing and your interest piqued. If you’ve read Dead Beat you’ll get a lot more out of the issue, but it is new reader friendly. Gomez’s art is a great fit for this miniseries. The artist really brings the action and presents some visually stunning fights when it comes to the wizards squaring off against the vampires. The characters and linework are crisp and clean with detailed backgrounds. The monster designs are creepy and grotesque as well. Mohan’s colors are a great compliment to Gomez’s art. Things are rather grounded and realistic, though there are plenty of opportunities for big, vibrant scenes when it comes to the battles. The dominant blues are a nice touch as well.
Bottom Line: War Cry is off to a fast-paced and explosive start. The introductory issue is a little more flash/bang than story and plot, but again, if you’re read Dead Beat you’ll hit the ground running. This looks like one to pay attention too. 4/5
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